Friday, November 9, 2012

Jennifer Laurens - Grace Doll - Author Interview & Giveaway

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
My aunt's name was Grace Doll--people were fascinated by the unusual name. I knew the character was just as complex and unusual as the name and I wanted to add the special familial tie.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I've always found the idea of immortality interesting. Would we really want to live forever if those around us couldn't? How much time is enough? How much does past figure into present and future? These are just a few ideas someone might think about. I didn't sit down and write this story with the idea that I was going to make some kind of statement. I wanted to explore the coming-of-age story of a girl whose childhood was robbed from her and here she is, 70 years later finally allowed some of youth's most wonderful passages.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
The basic relationships of the book are all realistic. The setting, both the past in the Golden Age of Hollywood and the present, in Los Angeles are realistic.Really, the only paranormal element is Grace's immortality. But the WAY she is made immortal is also taken from a real scientist who, back in the day, had kept the cells of a chicken alive in his laboratory for over 35 years--all information I learned from research.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
No.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The short timing in which the story takes place--a weekend, 3 days. It was a challenge to create Grace and Brenden's growing love for each other and make it believable.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
To stick out a project even when you are unsure you're going to be able to pull it all together. Meaning, never give up or quit your story. This has happened to me over and over, and, over and over I have to remind myself I have the ability to finish and DO this.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I was in Jr. High I started writing books and plays. I've always enjoyed writing.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I appreciate beautiful sentences. I don't read anything that doesn't have a mood. I try to create those things in my work, so I appreciate it when I find it ( hard to find these days ) in other authors' work. Books are subjective. I read for enjoyment. I also read to savor an author's ability to bring their story to life.

9. Tell us your latest news.
Heavenly just came out in Indonesia and is #3, and just came out in Brazil. It's due out in Russia and Turkey before the year ends.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I appreciate their support and especially love it when they contact me. I'm usually always around for a chat and love getting to know readers :)


About the Book

Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.

Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace--one that's purported to make beauty immortal--she stages her own death to escape him.

With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She's forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.

But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she'd left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she's known... and embracing the role she was born to play.

Prices/Formats: $13.00 paperback; $5.99 ebook
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Release Date: July 9, 2012
Buy Links: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble

Excerpt:

At my touch, her lips part, her back melts into an arch and her head slowly tilts back. The move shoots a blast of want through me. A low moan trickles from her lips, sending my blood into orbit. “Stop,” she whispers.

I withdraw my palm and her head snaps upright. The stiffness in her body returns.

Twice now, I’ve touched her and she acts like she doesn’t like it. I’m an idiot. Keep your hands to yourself. My stomach feels like I’ve taken a punch.

I’ll never understand women.

Confusing. As. Hell.

Grabbing the Styrofoam cup of coffee, I gulp the contents down, then crush it in my fists, startling her.

Hold on. You’ve known her for what—a day now—but it feels like more than that. Or maybe I just want it to, so I’m messing with my own head.

I thought we had trust. Thought I’d helped her through this. That’s all I meant by touching her. She probably thinks you want more. That you’re like the guy in the cafe, waiting to dive into the ocean and take her with you. I bite back a snort. We’re in an airport. Like I’d jump her in front of all these people.

She’s watching me from behind those black lenses. Penetrating. Yet so guarded. Deep down I want her to watch. A warm sensation strokes my nerves whenever her eyes are on me. Forget it. She gave you the brush off, have some dignity.

I stand. The need to put some distance between us forces me take an aimless walk. I’ve liked girls before. But not like this. This isn’t even like. It’s beyond like. Part of me feels deeply invested in her, with a need that surpasses any other I’ve ever felt. It’s disconcerting. How I can want her this much when I’ve only known her for a day?

I can’t think of this logically. I’m off on some effed up wild errand. I’m confused by some sick bastard who thinks Grace Doll is alive. That’s not logical. None of this is.

Trying to shake off the weirdness of the situation is futile. The nibbling is constant. Insatiable. I’m only a few feet away from her and I can hardly keep myself from glancing over to make sure she’s still there.

Hoping she’s watching me.

I can’t resist. I toss a nonchalant glance over my shoulder.

She’s statue-still, those eyeless black lenses aimed my direction.


About the Author

I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don't have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn't write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.

I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.

They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.

My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.

Links to connect with Jennifer:
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Blog
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